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    Once feared across Europe for their raids and pillaging, it’s 1000 years since the Viking invasion of England by the Danish king, Swein Forkbeard* in 1013, and subsequently crowning of his son Canute as King of England in 1016, yet the legendary Vikings still provide fascination for those eager to learn more about this famous warrior race.

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    From country towns and regional cities to wonderful wildlife and beautiful beaches, a short break in Denmark offers a huge range of possibilities that will appeal to all walks of life. And to really gain an insight into the country and its culture, what could be better than a visit to its very heart? The Trekanten region, located in the eastern part of the Jutland peninsular, is at Denmark's geographical centre and as such makes a splendid base from which to discover the essence of this thoroughly laid-back and enticing country.

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    The longest Viking longship in the world is part of the Danish National Museum’s major special exhibition, VIKING, which will be exhibited at the National Museum in Copenhagen between 22 June and 17 November 2013.

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    With Viking celebrations scheduled for 2013 and 2014 in both the UK and Denmark to mark the invasion of England by the King of Denmark and subsequent crowning of his son Cnut as the King of England, why not delve deeper into this fascinating history with a short direct flight under two hours to North Jutland’s capital Aalborg to discover this delightful region.

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    Explore the hometown of Hans Christian Andersen and Scandinavia’s oldest town, Ribe. And discover Viking history and the world’s first LEGOLAND – all in the Region of South Denmark. Download itinerary for The South of Denmark

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    A thousand years ago, the Vikings forced themselves onto the world stage and left an indelible mark on many parts of Europe. Denmark, their homeland, has been shaped by Viking culture and here are some of the places you can see this most strikingly.

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    Discover Denmark's idyllic countryside on a self-guided touring itinerary using four wheels, two wheels or your own two feet

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    The Jewish people are a minority group in Denmark. However, they have made significant contributions to the economic, political, cultural and scientific development of Denmark. And the rescue of the Jews during World War II is an important chapter in both Jewish and modern Danish history.

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    Beautifully picturesque and steeped in medieval history, Denmark’s oldest and best preserved town Ribe's Viking history can be traced back more than 1300 years.

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    Come and meet real Danish Vikings when they take over St Katharine Docks in London! See a sixty-foot Viking ship, docked at IMAGINATION for the entire three weeks. The Vikings will invade from 6 – 8 August, during which time you can take part in Viking activities, see Viking battles, forage for Viking coins and much more!

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    With its timeless countryside, quiet roads and frequent ferry crossings direct from the UK, Denmark is the perfect choice for those seeking the convenience and freedom of a self-drive holiday. The country is blessed with a picturesque, rolling scenery of unspoiled farmland, forests and heaths, not to mention mile upon mile of pristine coastline - much of which can be encountered by following the 3,600km Marguerite Route.

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    From fascinating carvings to fully-preserved prehistoric corpses, Denmark's ancient origins are visible in many places and waiting for you to experience them.

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    The Vikings Return  With Viking celebrations scheduled for 2013 and 2014 in both the UK and Denmark to mark the invasion of England by the King of Denmark and subsequent crowning of his son Cnut as the King of England, why not delve deeper into this fascinating history with a short direct flight under two hours to one of Denmark’s many Viking heritage sites.

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    Denmark is steeped in a rich and diverse history, just waiting to be discovered. Come and find your own Viking treasures, try a trip in a Viking longboat or walk amongst ancient rune stones and burial mounds. The impressive legacy of Denmark's long, regal past also awaits you, in the many Danish castles and manor houses open to the public.

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    The region of South Denmark   Explore the hometown of Hans Christian Andersen and Scandinavia’s oldest town, Ribe. And discover Viking history and the world’s first LEGOLAND – all in the Region of South Denmark.  

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    This year it is 1000 years since the viking King Forkbeard and his son Canute came to the English shores and drove out Ethelred the Unready. After a long effort at conquest, and shortly before his death, in 1013 King Forkbeard became the first of the Danish Kings of England.

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    IMAGINATION – Discover the Danish Spirit is a fantastic three-week showcase celebrating the best of Danish culture, lifestyle, food and design. VisitDenmark welcome you all to discover what Denmark has to offer between 27 July – 12 August at St Katharine Docks in the heart of London.

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    Denmark is the spiritual and historical home of the Viking.

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    27 July – 12 August 2012, St Katharine Docks, London Free your imagination in a Danish universe of food, design, Viking history and entertainment at St Katharine Docks in London. The best of Denmark will be showcased here this summer and we invite you to play, test your creativity, tickle your taste buds and Discover the Danish Spirit.

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    Denmark is a small pearl in the North Sea. Despite its small geographic area, it has an impressive range of opportunities. Let your imagination take over, and let your holiday dreams run free – tell us what you want to experience in Denmark. Come join us and create your own Danish holiday experience.

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    Win a Denmark Holiday for 4 persons. Prize is kindly sponsored by DFDS Seaways and Ribe Holiday Centre.

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    On June 22nd, the National Museum of Denmark opens its international special exhibition, VIKING, which presents a modern picture of the Vikings and displays a large number of unique finds from museums in 12 countries.

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    When exploring Denmark by car, there is no better way to get a real taste for the country’s history, superb scenery, delicious cuisine and genuine Danish hospitality than by staying at one of Small Danish Hotels' collection of individually owned castles, hotels, manor houses and inns (or 'kro') dotted throughout the countryside.

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    Denmark is justly proud of it’s 5,000 miles of clean and sparkling white sandy beaches and from September this year will be marking out one area in particular along the south west coast from Blåvandshuk to the Tønder marshland. This is the area known as The Wadden Sea officially becomes Denmark’s third National Park.

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    "Wonderful, wonderful Copenhagen" may be an established favourite in the city-break stakes, but visitors to Denmark will find that exciting urban experiences aren't just limited to the country's cosmopolitan capital. Aarhus, Denmark's second-largest city, is rapidly earning a reputation as a viable and attractive short-break destination for British travellers thanks to its winning combination of historical attractions, laid-back ambiance and convenient, daily Ryanair flights from London Stansted.

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    More than 1,200 years ago the Vikings invaded England – now they’re back and taking over St Katharine Docks in the heart of London from 6 – 8 August.

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    South Jutland is a historical treasure trove, with well-preserved ancient towns, castles, cathedrals and a multitude of exciting museums.

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    It’s easy to get out onto the water and experience real Danish maritime history for yourself. A number of harbour towns around Denmark have important maritime attractions, festivals and vintage sailing ships to board. Here are some great places to discover Denmark’s history on the high seas.

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    Denmark is one of the oldest monarchies in the world and its long legacy is perfectly preserved in its many fine castles, manor houses and gardens. Many are still used by the royal family today and most are open for you to explore, with exhibitions, museums, art collections and other events throughout the year.

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    Here you can browse through a very quick history of a very old country.

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    You have most likely of Hans Christian Andersen and come to love many of his timeless characters, such as The Little Mermaid and The Ugly Duckling. But what about the man himself? As the father of fairy tales, Danish writer Hans Christian Andersen was a famous man in his time, courted by royalty and recognised for his greatness whilst living. Follow in the footsteps of Hans Christian Andersen with the help of this guide and delve deeper into fairy-tale Denmark's fascinating sites.

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    For the first time ever, UK overnights in Denmark exceeds 600,000. According to recent figures, Denmark, the home of the happiest people in the world, is getting ever more popular among the Brits. Copenhagen in particular, is a favourite destination.

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    It’s never been easier to jet into Denmark’s heartland of dynamic cities, peaceful fjords and ancient Viking treasures.

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    Visit Vejle and let yourself go in beautiful green nature and on the sandy beaches of the fjord. Go cycling over rolling hills or explore a Viking world heritage site in Jelling. Spend a day shopping on Strøget or pamper yourself with relaxing wellness treatments with a beautiful view over the Vejle Fjord.

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    Get struck by Cupid’s arrow in Denmark and take your loved one on a romantic weekend break. You will be seduced by world-class gastronomy, charmed by our old cities and captivated by coastline sunsets. Whether you choose to bike, walk or drive, Denmark is the perfect place to relax and rejuvenate.    Fall in love with Denmark this summer!

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    Fly SAS to Denmark in only one and a half hour and experience good service and great fares coupled with on-time flights. Include 23kg baggage, online check-in and free seat reservation within your ticket price, and don’t worry about extra costs. Come and feel the atmosphere in Denmark's historic capital and at the same time a modern city.

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    You will have encountered Danish design at one time or another, whether you realise it or not. In the 60s, viewers of Kennedy and Nixon’s historic TV duel were looking at Hans J. Wegner’s Danish chair. Modern audiences have begun craving classic Danish light fittings by Poul Henningsen, thanks to The Killing. (link to our New Nordic page) And classics such as Erik Magnussen's Stelton thermos are now sitting on tables all over the world.

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    You will have encountered Danish design at one time or another, whether you realise it or not. In the 60s, viewers of Kennedy and Nixon’s historic TV duel were looking at Hans J. Wegner’s Danish chair. Modern audiences have begun craving classic Danish light fittings by Poul Henningsen, thanks to The Killing. And classics such as Erik Magnussen's Stelton thermos are now sitting on tables all over the world. Follow the trail of great Danish designers across the country with this guide to design in Denmark.

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    The Danish monarchy is a popular institution in Denmark and is one of the oldest in the world. The current monarch, Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II, can trace her lineage back to the first Viking kings of Denmark over 1000 years ago. Denmark is a wonderful place to experience royal traditions, monuments, palaces and celebrations.

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    Coined the ‘Garden of Denmark’, the island of Funen and its archipelago of southern islands combine some of Denmark’s most stunning scenery of lush rolling pasture lands, steep cliff tops and wide sandy beaches with a fascinating array of historic sights, beautiful fairytale castles and the urban appeal of Odense.

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    A green vibe flows through every corner of Copenhagen, whether you are looking to eat, drink, shop or sleep the city has an eco-friendly option for you. According to the city’s climate strategy Copenhagen is to be the world's first CO2 neutral capital by 2025. Take a dip in the Harbour or have a green smoothie - there is a lot to do. All of Denmark boasts more bikes than cars and the best way to explore it is by bike.  Try The Margurite Route, a scenic route that passes through spectacular countryside. 

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    Follow this easily accessible route around the country and piece together the Viking history of Denmark.

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    DFDS Seaways sails 3 to 4 times a week from Harwich (Essex, south-east England) to Esbjerg (west coast Denmark). What’s more, with DFDS Seaways you have the convenience of taking your own vehicle. Simply pack everything you need, drive onboard, relax and let your Danish adventure begin!

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    IMAGINATION– Discover the Danish Spirit is a fantastic three-week showcase celebrating the best of Danish culture, lifestyle, food and drink and VisitDenmark welcomes you all to discover what Denmark has to offer 27 July – 12 August at St. Katharine Docks in the heart of London.

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    Denmark’s Viking heritage centres and markets are popular attractions where history is brought back to life. Here families can taste Viking food and watch craftspeople and warriors in action.

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    Thousands of years of history are waiting to be explored on Funen, an island packed with manor houses and castles. Be inspired by the place that has inspired painters for generations and gave the world Hans Christian Andersen.

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    Though small in size, Denmark now have six world heritage sites, with the 65 million years old Stevns Klint and the Wadden Sea National Park joining the list. On the list you also find Kronborg Castle, home of Shakespeare's hamlet and located in Royal North Zealand, only an hour from Copenhagen. Also make a stop to see the last resting place of Denmark's Monarchy at Roskilde Cathedral or experience one of Denmark famous Viking sites in Jelling, where you will find historic runic stones erected by Harald Bluetooth.   

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    Denmark’s crisp Christmas air is illuminated by thousands of white lights when the many traditional Christmas markets open their doors to a new season of yuletide festivities all over the country. Experience the merry holidays in the magical country of Denmark and enjoy some Christmas shopping at one of the historic Christmas markets, all just a short plane trip from the UK.

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